Feb 13, 2013 4:25am EST
- year-old hadiya pendleton to sit next to her. she was killed in chicago not long after participating in the inaugural parade here in d.c. >>> also at the address, virginia congressman jerry connelly invited the father of a student killed in the virginia tech massacre. sick students killed in the tragedy were all residents of his congressional district. >>> several other guests seated with the first lady including a few from this area. jack androca is a teenager who developed a new way to detect pancreatic cancer. tracy hepner is the founder of a military partners and families coalition to provide support for lgbt residents. >>> coming up next, it could have been a nightmare scenario. >> a crane collapses above a church with preschoolers playing inside. how one worker's quick thinking got everyone out safely. we'll be right back. [ mom ] dear chex cereal, i just had to write. you can't imagine how long i've been searching for something like this for my family. i'm amazed you make so many great flavors that are gluten free. my guys are crazy for chocolate chex and honey nut chex. for m
Feb 12, 2013 10:00am EST
of so many people guest: let me mention just a few of them. hadiya pendleton, and understood in an inspiration to our friends, all walking angel her cousin called her. she was taken from us two weeks ago. her family is here today a student at northern illinois university, with a warm heart and bright future, murdered in her classroom by a man with a history of mental illness. her mother is here today. blaire holt killed while shielding his friends from a gang members spraying fire on a city bus. his friend is here today marcus norris, hit in the face by a bullet that came through the wall of his house. thank god he survived. we are glad to have him here today. a true american hero who dedicated his life to serving his country and his community, killed by gang members with a straw purchase gone. i attended his funeral service. the officer's family is here, and his sister will testify today. there are many more in this room today whose lives and families have been changed by gun violence. i would like to ask the friends and family of the victims of gun violence to please stand.
Feb 12, 2013 10:30pm EST
lives by a bullet from a gun. one of those we lost was a young girl named hadiya pendleton. she was 15 years old. she loved fig newtons and lip gloss. she was a majorette. she was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. just three weeks ago, she was here, in washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. and a week later, she was shot and killed in a chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house. hadiya's parents, nate and cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. they deserve a vote. gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of oak creek, and tucson, and blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence -- they deserve a simple vote. our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges i've outlined tonigh
Feb 13, 2013 7:00am PST
control, invoking the memory of gun victims like hadiya pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who performed at the president's inauguration and one week later was shot and killed in chicago. >> hadiya's parents, nate and cleo, are here tonight, along with two dozen families whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. they deserve a vote. gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of tucson and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple vote. >> not your typical ending there to a state of the union. republican response given by florida senator marco rubio gave the impression about how hard it's going to be to pass. combative speech, filled with a personal story, but somewhat combative. >> and both sides laying claim to being advocates for the middle class. substance aside, there is a moment in rubio's speech where he reaches for a swig of water. >> it was a jarring moment. we were taken aback, watching. but it was somewhat jarring. he, himself, sort of made fun of mo